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November 01
Selected by Monty from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press
Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press
by Kristina Borjesson

"Borjesson, an Emmy Award-winning reporter, pulls together 18 essays written by journalists who have either personally experienced this buzzsaw or who have closely observed the media industry. Her own reporting on TWA Flight 800 for CBS made her a target of the FBI, who interfered with her investigative work. She was harassed, her computer and reporter's notebook were stolen, and in the end CBS fired her. The experience changed her perception of the media establishment." Library Journal (read more)

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November 02
Selected by Maya from San Francisco, California
Maya won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
In Her Shoes
In Her Shoes
by Jennifer Weiner

Maya's comments:
"From the author of bestselling Good In Bed, this is a quick, fun read...the perfect in between book for those long commutes, business trips, or procrastinating binges." (read more)

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November 03
Selected by John from washington,, DC
John won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
by Dava Sobel

John's comments:
"I just watched the NOVA show that is based on this book, and I knew it was time to read this overlooked book from 1995 once again. Sobel tells the tale of a lone watchmaker who sets out to claim a prize worth almost 12 million dollars in today's currency. The result is that he forever changes the way navigators sail the seas, and opens up the world to exploration. If you didn't read it in 1995, pick up a copy today!" (read more)

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November 04
Selected by Katrina from Gresham, Oregon
Katrina won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Narcissus and Goldmund
Narcissus and Goldmund
by Hermann Hesse

Katrina's comments:
"This is a novel I first read when I was 14 or 15. It is still my favorite book. In fact, as I grow older I begin to appreciate it more and more. There are so many layers of meaning, truth, and beauty that I continue to find new layers constantly. The book itself has changed in texture for me over the years, and I give this as its highest praise." (read more)

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November 05
Selected by John from Iowa City, Iowa
A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays
A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays
by Mary McCarthy

"Readers of this new collection will take immense pleasure in McCarthy's high-speed aphorisms, flawless taxonomies, and chains of reasoning. Her critical writing is unusually rich in figurative language, but it rarely jumps from strict simile, whose 'like' keeps things nailed to the here and now, into high-flying metaphor, which doesn't so much compare things as transpose them." Thomas Mallon, The Atlantic Monthly (read more)


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November 06
Selected by Pete from Joliet, IL
Pete won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Moral Hazard
Moral Hazard
by Kate Jennings

"Sharp, spare, and utterly unsentimental, Kate Jennings' Moral Hazard lays out, in its meticulously composed 175 pages, the definitive treatment of contemporary workplace alienation....Along with Doris Lessing's The Sweetest Dream, this is the finest novel I've read this year. The gift of both books is that they are deeply personal and yet transcend the personal, elucidating a moral vision of the world. Don't let its brevity fool you. Moral Hazard is a big book in the truest sense of the word." Charles Taylor, Salon.com (read more)


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November 07
Selected by Renee from Charlottesville, Virginia
Renee won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Catfish & Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
Catfish & Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
by Andrew X Pham

"A modern Plutarch might pair Pham's story with that of Chris McCandless, the uncompromising young man whose spiritual quest led him to a forlorn death in Alaska. Pham, instead of seeking out remote places where he could explore fantasies of self-sufficiency, instinctively understood that self-knowledge emerges from engagement with others. In his passionate telling, his travelogue acquires the universality of a bildungsroman." The New Yorker (read more)

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November 08
Selected by Bridgett from St. Louis, Missouri
Bridgett won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Van
The Van
by Roddy Doyle

"The final novel of a trilogy about the working-class Rabbitte family of Dublin (following The Commitment's and The Snapper), shortlisted for last year's Booker Prize, demonstrates a brash originality and humor that are both uniquely Irish and shrewdly universal....Tremendous good fun, devoid of pretension, this novel invites comparison with the best of 20th-century Irish literature." Publishers Weekly (read more)

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November 09
Selected by Liz from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Liz won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper--Case Closed
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper--Case Closed
by Patricia Cornwell

"No doubt there will always be skeptics and critics tainted by self-interest who will refuse to accept that [Walter] Sickert was a serial killer, a damaged diabolical man driven by megalomania and hate. There will be those who will argue that it's all coincidence. As FBI profiler Ed Sulzbach says, 'There really aren't many coincidences in life. And to call coincidence after coincidence after coincidence a coincidence is just plain stupid.'" Patricia Cornwell, from Portrait of a Killer (read more)

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November 10
Selected by Tammi from Seattle, Washington
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The Secret History
The Secret History
by Donna Tartt

"It is Donna Tartt's ability to make us believe, utterly, in all this — at the moment of sacred insanity, we are at one with the celebrants. We would follow her tumbling mellifluous prose anywhere. The best writers are necromancers, levitation their specialty. But it is human nature to think of mirrors and wires even at the moment of enchantment: Where did these people come from?" James Kaplan, Vanity Fair (read more)


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November 11
Selected by Grayson from Maale Michmas, Israel
Militant Islam Reaches America
Militant Islam Reaches America
by Daniel Pipes

Unlike other Middle East experts, Daniel Pipes did not need to reinvent himself or revise his opinions after September 11th. (Robert Kaplan, author of Warrior Politics and Balkan Ghosts) (read more)

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November 12
Selected by Mike from Asheville, North Carolina
Mike won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Dirt Music
Dirt Music
by Tim Winton

Mike's comments:
"I wasn't sure if I would like Tim Winton's latest. A story centered around a fish poacher in Australia usually wouldn't appeal to me. Winton's impeccable pacing, masterful suspense, and powerful prose made it a book that is impossible to put down." (read more)

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November 13
Selected by Deborah from Issaquah, Washington
Deborah won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Camelot at Dawn: Jacqueline and John Kennedy in Georgetown, May 1954
Camelot at Dawn: Jacqueline and John Kennedy in Georgetown, May 1954
by Anne Garside

Deborah's comments:
"For those already enthralled by the Kennedy mystique, or for those open to the experience, this book offers a stunning, idyllic and intimate glimpse into the lives of JFK and Jackie as a young couple. The evocative photos are graced with an original text that you will find hard to put down." (read more)

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November 14
Selected by Gerry from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Gorgeous Lies
Gorgeous Lies
by Martha McPhee

"I loved this book. A deeply moving story, a raft of wholly realized characters, deft and lucid prose, perfect pitch ? Gorgeous Lies is a genuine work of art. And Martha McPhee plainly ranks as one of our country's best young writers." Tim O'Brien (read more)


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November 15
Selected by Maggie Perla from Alphabet City, New York
Maggie Perla won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld
Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld
by Herbert Asbury

Maggie Perla's comments:
"I'm so glad that this book has been reissued so that everyone can see how Luc Sante stole everything for his book Low Life. I remember when you could only get a copy of Gangs of New York from under the bar at McFeely's in Chelsea. Now that we can all get a copy, where did McFeely's go?" (read more)

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November 16
Selected by Hollis from Washington, DC
Hollis won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Embers
Embers
by Sandor Marai

Hollis's comments:
"I loved this book so much I began it again immediately upon finishing it. The author explores the growth and demise of an intense friendship between two men through the memory of one, and finally, a conversation the two have upon reuniting. Loyalty, truth, love, betrayal, forgiveness have never been so unabsolute. The history and color of Austria/Hungary during the war, were, to me, like gravy, an extra treat." (read more)

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November 17
Selected by Dineen from Fenton, Michigan
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The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread
The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread
by Peter Reinhart

Dineen's comments:
"If you've been baking bread at home for years, you will be delighted with this book for the light it sheds on technique and superior products that can come from your home kitchen. If you only have an interest in baking but haven't yet begun, then you might as well learn from the best, Peter Reinhart. Dig in to this beautiful coffee table book and make aromatic, tasty treats for the upcoming holidays." (read more)

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November 18
Selected by Janet from Bowling Green, Kentucky
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The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees


"I am amazed that this moving, original, and accomplished book is a first novel. It is wonderfully written, powerful, poignant, and humorous, and takes a line which is — refreshingly — strongly female without being cliche-feminist. It is also deliciously eccentric, which lifts it out of the usual category of a rite-of-passage novel into the realms of real distinction. DO read it." Joanna Trollope (read more)


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November 19
Selected by Stewart from Richmond, Virginia
Stewart won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Still Life with Woodpecker
Still Life with Woodpecker
by Tom Robbins

Stewart's comments:
"Adventure, humor, love...all in a cigarette box! A great book from one of our most original writers." (read more)

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November 20
Selected by Joan from Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Living with the Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead
Living with the Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead
by Rock Scully

"Scully and co-writer David Dalton...skillfully capture the excitement of the early days, when the band came together to pioneer a mix of psychedelic improvisation and the American roots of jazz, blues, folk and bluegrass." Regan McMahon, The San Francisco Chronicle Book Review (read more)

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November 21
Selected by Sara from Tigard, Oregon
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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
by Dee Brown

Sara's comments:
"I'm not a big fan of historical books, but this is the single most compelling book I have ever read. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee covers everything of American Indian History from the time that Columbus landed to Wounded Knee, and is written so eloquently that you can hardly put it down." (read more)

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November 22
Selected by Don from McLean, Virginia
Into the Forest
Into the Forest
by Jean Hegland

"A work of extraordinary power, insight and lyricism, Into the Forest is both an urgent warning and a passionate celebration of life and love." Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade (read more)

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November 23
Selected by Rich from North Wales, Pennsylvania
Rich won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
To Reach the Clouds
To Reach the Clouds


Rich's comments:
"A marvelous story of the high wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. As a teenager then, I remember Petit walking back and forth between the towers, and wondering how he pulled off this illegal feat. I also couldn't believe he had the nerve to do it. Now, Petit tells all in detail and with a wonderful style all his own how he prepared and carried out his highwire walks for the world to see. Read this book for a story of the World Trade center that is uplifting and amazing!" (read more)


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November 24
Selected by Alyssa from Naperville, Illinois
Alyssa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
A High Wind in Jamaica
A High Wind in Jamaica
by Richard Hughes

"There used to hang on the walls of country public houses and farm labourer's cottages a lithograph that, seen from close quarters, represented two innocent children against the light on a balcony beneath an arched window. When you receded from it you saw that in truth it showed as a skull, with crossbones complete beneath. Mr. Hughes book is that lithograph come to life in another art." Ford Madox Ford (read more)

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November 25
Selected by Jason from Sacramento, California
The Last American Man
The Last American Man
by Elizabeth Gilbert

"Elizabeth Gilbert has done a marvelous job of profiling Eustace Conway ? a modern-day Jim Bridger whose every hour roaming American is laden with mythological magic. The Last American Man is, in fact, the best book of New Journalism to appear since Tom Wolfe published The Right Stuff. A truly delightful, outrageous, unforgettable saga." Douglas Brinkley (read more)

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November 26
Selected by Jeff from Trenton, New Jersey
Hotel World
Hotel World
by Ali Smith

"[A] visceral piece of work, as affecting a novel as any that has been published for a long time. Experimentation that would be merely pretentious in a lesser writer...works here almost magically....Startlingly accomplished and, for all her literary tricks, a smooth and straight storyteller, Smith has proved to be one of Britain's major talents." Brooke Allen, Atlantic Monthly (read more)

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November 27
Selected by Lacy from Sitka, Alaska
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
by Neil Postman

Lacy's comments:
"The basic message of this fascinating book is that Aldous Huxley's vision of a future where people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think, is upon us. Postman traces the shift of our cultural discourse from a more complex print-based language to a the multimedia onslaught we live with today. I pray that Postman is hard at work on a new edition, since this was published long before the eruption of cable television, home entertainment systems, and the Internet. Not just fingerwagging or elitist jabberitis, this book is actually a very good read. " (read more)

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November 28
Selected by Ruthann from Cibolo, Texas
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In His Image
In His Image


"Finally, out of the ghetto of the evangelical subculture, comes a refreshing, well thought out, and methodically researched look at the end of the age. And not since, C.S. Lewis have we seen such creativity and imagination in its presentation. Bravo! More!" Jeremy Nordmoe, Vanderbilt University Library (read more)


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November 29
Selected by Kymberli from Winters, California
Spiral Dance, the - 20th Anniversary: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: 20th Anniversary Edition
Spiral Dance, the - 20th Anniversary: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: 20th Anniversary Edition
by Starhawk

Kymberli's comments:
"This book is amazing! If you are interested in Magick and Feminism this is a great mixture of the two, now 20 years old it is still relevant today!" (read more)

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November 30
Selected by Anne from Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Adrian Mole Diaries: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 & the Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (Adrian Mole Diaries)
The Adrian Mole Diaries: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 & the Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (Adrian Mole Diaries)


Anne's comments:
"I would say that this is the British equivalent to Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. What a brilliant read. This book, in the form of a self-conscious diary by a precocious, irrational teenager provides the most pleasurable kind of reading. This is a book that you will barrel through and be inconsolable when you are finished." (read more)


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